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French Open 2011: Novak Djokovic Is First Player Through to Semis

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 28:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia
salutes the crowd as he celebrates match point during the men's singles round three match between Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Alex SandersonCorrespondent IIIMay 30, 2011

After playing on three consecutive days to advance from the third round to the quarterfinals of the 2011 French Open, world No. 2 Novak Djokovic will not have to play a quarterfinal match on Tuesday as expected.

His scheduled opponent, Fabio Fognini, is dealing with a leg injury and has pulled out a day in advance of the scheduled encounter with Djokovic.

This development will give the hottest player in sports a little bit of extra rest headed into a potential encounter with 16-time grand slam champion Roger Federer later in the week.

Djokovic finally catches a break after dealing with a tough draw and a bad scheduling decision that forced him to play on three consecutive days. While the walkover won't count as a win in the ongoing streak for the Serb, he will gladly take the extra day off to rest up for the semifinals.

He now has to win the title in order to surpass John McEnroe's record of 42 straight wins to open up a season, but I'm sure Djokovic cares more about winning this French Open title.

The decision by Fognini has to leave Albert Montanes in an even gloomier mood than he was after failing to capitalize on the injury.

There has been a lot of controversy over the way the situation was handled by Fognini and the chair umpire, but that won't help change the fact that Montanes has really been left out to dry.

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